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Why I Love Working at Startups

A friendly rebuttal

36 🔒 May 21, 2021 by Nathan Baschez

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Fashion’s Digital Future

Why I bought an outfit I’ll never wear IRL

3 🔒 May 7, 2021 by Leigh Cuen

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Spotify’s Upcoming “Open Access Platform” is as Surprising as it is Awesome

I hope it becomes a new paradigm for the creator economy

46 May 1, 2021 by Nathan Baschez

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Human Speculation

BitClout is a new service that allows anyone to create a publicly-tradable token. Will it work? What effect could it have?

13 🔒 Apr 1, 2021 by Nathan Baschez

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Why I like Dispo

David Dobrik’s new photo-sharing app just might be a winner.

24 🔒 Feb 20, 2021 by Nathan Baschez

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A Post-Mortem for Social Podcast Discovery

Three reasons why RSS still dominates in audio, but not text.

39 🔒 Feb 5, 2021 by Nathan Baschez

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“Why Content is King” Follow-ups

Your questions and critiques, answered!

9 🔒 Jan 5, 2021 by Nathan Baschez

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Why Content is King

How media creates power

265 🔒 Dec 18, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Three Shorts: Axios, Crunchyroll, Periscope

The strategy behind the news, in as few bullet points as possible

24 🔒 Dec 16, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Why AT&T is betting the farm on HBO Max

Also in Three Shorts: Amazon buying Wondery, and Calm's $2b valuation

7 🔒 Dec 9, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Why Slack Was Willing to Sell

Three shorts: the strategy behind the news, in as few bullet points as possible.

8 🔒 Dec 2, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Three Shorts: Snap, Apple, Vox

On Snap's take on TikTok, Apple's developer fee reduction, and Vox's talent attrition.

24 🔒 Nov 25, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Three Shorts: Instagram, Spotify, Substack

The strategy behind the news, in as few bullet points as possible

57 🔒 Nov 18, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Three Shorts: Fast’s 1b valuation, McPlant’s power move, and Apple’s disruptive M1 chip

Hello! Welcome to Three Shorts, a recurring series where I unpack the strategy behind the news in as few bullet points as possible. Enjoy!

55 🔒 Nov 11, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Facebook’s cloud gaming strategy: smarter than it seems

The return of Three Shorts!

9 🔒 Oct 28, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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What I got wrong about Quibi

A post-mortem for a failed prediction, and a failed startup

11 🔒 Oct 22, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Why winners sometimes take all, and sometimes don’t

Lessons from ecology’s “competitive exclusion principle”

19 🔒 Oct 11, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Intangible Returns

How strict prioritization processes cause malaise, and why you should take gut instinct more seriously in your planning process.

20 🔒 Sep 29, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Roam’s road ahead

How the tool for networked thought can grow into its $200m valuation

215 🔒 Sep 18, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Strategy Smells

Hints that your strategy isn't working

33 🔒 Sep 4, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Announcement!

Plus, how to be a person on the Internet, with Visakan Veerasamy

1 🔒 Sep 3, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Disrupting Disruption: Helmer’s Razor

Can disruption be simplified?

19 🔒 Sep 1, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Instagram can’t recreate TikTok’s Magic

The content format is a red herring. What really matters is the structure and purpose of TikTok’s network, which is antithetical to Instagram.

148 Aug 24, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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The inventors of “the passion economy” thesis, live on Zoom

I'm interviewing Li Jin and Adam Davidson on Friday!

2 Aug 12, 2020 by Nathan Baschez

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Disrupting Disruption: Alex Danco

Two theories; one of them good

5 🔒 Aug 9, 2020 by Nathan Baschez